Today's RIW is a bit different, because instead of reviewing a product, I'm reviewing a store. While this store is located in the Pittsburgh area, it started out as an awesome online business (Pittsburgh Cloth Diaper) and continues as such, in addition to being the best brick and mortar cloth diapering store ... possibly anywhere!
What makes Happy Baby Company so special? Adam and Lilli Cannon, that's what ... or who. The fabulous Cannon family puts their heart and soul into promoting the health and well-being of babies and toddlers everywhere ... starting with the health of those precious baby bottoms.
If you've been following the blog for long, you know I believe wholeheartedly that cloth diapering is the absolute best thing you can do for your baby's behind. There are soooo many health reasons for this. Way beyond the environmental impact, disposable diapers are bad for your kids. Period.
But cloth diapers are so ... yucky.
Let's face facts, folks -- if you don't like yucky, don't become a parent. Babies, toddlers and teenagers tend to be yucky from time to time. Deal with it. It is our job as parents to do the best thing we can do for our kids ... yucky or not.
Happy Baby Company wants to make the cloth diapering part of your experience the best it can be. The Cannons offer cloth diapering orientations at the store on a frequent basis, so if you're just stuck on an issue or two, attend a class and let them help you through it.
I have a friend who really struggled with the whole cloth diapering thing. She credits Adam and Lilli for getting her through it ... lovingly and patiently. But that's no surprise, because that's just the kind of folks they are.
One day, about 15 months ago or so, I stopped by the store and somehow Adam and I got into a conversation about carseat safety. He came out to my car and told me straight out that Laura was not safe in the carseat the way I had installed it. In the midst of 90+ degree heat, he crawled in the back of my car and struggled with that seat until it was immovable! That's just the kind of folk he is.
When it was time to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most cloth diapers being changed around the world at the same time, the Cannons offered the store as the local site.
This past Saturday, they again opened Happy Baby Company for a celebration of The Milk Truck -- a mobile breast feeding unit in Pittsburgh.
With Adam and Lilli, it's not just about making a living selling cloth diapers and other natural and organic products. It's about support.
Their newest project is something I'm really excited about! A Newborn Cloth Diaper Rental Program. How cool is that? If you're on the fence about cloth diapering, this is your chance to give it a try. Rather than rewording everything, I'm just going to copy and paste the email I got from HBC this week. It explains it all:
On the fence about using cloth diapers?
Overwhelmed with all of the options?
Is one parent REALLY not sure if they want to do this?
Simply want to save as much money as possible during the newborn stage?
Then the NEW HBC Newborn Cloth Diaper Rental Program is perfect for you!
We know that taking the leap into cloth diapering can be scary. We also know that no one wants to waste money, especially when you aren't 100% sure about it in the first place. If you know you want to use cloth and/or plan on using these diaper for years to come, then buying them is probably your best option. If you are unsure, overwhelmed with all of the options, or don't want the commitment that comes with purchasing them, the HBC Newborn Cloth Diaper Rental is perfect for you. For $1-2 a day, you can try cloth, get yourself through the tiny newborn stage, and save yourself a ton of money.
Our Newborn Cloth Diaper Rental takes all of the guesswork out of diapering your new baby. We provide all of the diapers and covers you'll need, plus we even give you the detergent! You'll also receive a discount voucher to use when you come back to buy more diapers (we're confident you'll be back because cloth diapering is awesome).
Did you read that -- $1 - $2 a day! That's it! Plus, they even provide the cloth diapering detergent!! C'mon. What is holding you back. Ickiness. Really?
I can't tell you how excited I am about this program. The fact that I know that love is behind it ... not commercial greed ... makes this so much better. Does Pampers really care about your baby? How about Huggies? If they did, they would not be loading up their diapers with toxins that quite possibly will have an adverse effect on your child's health for the rest of his life.
The Cannons care. And that's why Happy Baby Company gets two green thumbs up on this special Review It Wednesday. Visit the website. If you can, visit the store. You'll be glad you did.
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